If you need a break from heat styling, curl your hair the old-fashioned way, by rolling it before you go to bed. You don’t have to sleep on a head full of rollers either — paper towels are much softer. Here they stand in for rags, a technique used by 1940s starlets to get their to-die-for ringlets. There’s no need to cut up fabric strips when paper towels are already perforated for easy tearing. Best of all, they absorb excess water, so your curls dry quickly.

Things You'll Need

Shampoo and condition your hair, and wrap it in a towel. Leave the towel on until your hair is barely damp.

Spritz your hair with curl-setting spray, or work in a bit of your favorite styling product, such as gel or mousse.

Tear off one paper towel for each curl. Start with at least 30 towels if you have shoulder-length hair. Stack the towels on top of each other for quick access.

Fold up the bottom edge of the towel so that the folded piece is approximately 1 to 2 inches high. Roll the folded edge toward the top until you have a long tube.

Part your hair in the middle or slightly to one side. Separate a 2-inch section of your hair, starting near your face.

Lay the middle of the paper towel over the top of the separated section, at the tips of the hair.

Wrap the tips of your hair around the paper towel and roll the section toward your part. If the ends come loose, tuck them back in. It doesn’t matter if they’re slightly sloppy when you first start rolling — they’ll be hidden under the rest of your hair by the time you’ve rolled up a few inches.

Roll until you’re 3 to 4 inches from your part. Overlap the two ends of the paper towel like you would when tying your shoelace. Tie the ends in a knot.

Repeat the steps above until you’ve rolled all of your hair. After you’ve rolled the top layer, roll the bottom layer.

Sleep on the towels overnight or leave them in until your hair is dry. Untie each knot and remove the paper towels.

Shake your head upside down to toss your curls. Separate the ringlets slightly with your fingers if you desire a more natural look.

Spray your curls with a light mist of hairspray to hold them in place throughout the day.